Tuck into mutton hot pot
While Macau is warm most of the year, it does get chilly between October and March, and this is when the locals swarm hot pot restaurants. While there are no lack of hot pot places in Macau, one of the more unique and popular iterations of it is mutton hot pot.
Laze the day away on the sands of Hac Sa Beach
What’s a port city without a good beach?
Hac Sa Beach is the largest natural beach in Macau and one of the top tourist destinations in the summer. The beach got its name from the natural black sand on the beach (Hac Sa means black sand in Cantonese) and nothing beats a good beach day, am I right?
It was originally the house of a Portuguese merchant who enjoyed raising pigeons. His house served as a beautiful backdrop to the hundreds of flying pigeons that he raised. From afar, the pavilions and buildings in the compound looked like nests.
House of Dancing Water
Macau’s most expensive show is also its most extraordinary. The House of Dancing Water was created and directed by legendary show-maker Franco Dragone and blends elements of theatre, dance, acrobatics and water stunts with Chinese mythologies and other Asian elements.
The gaudiest casino isn't on the Cotai Strip but the peninsula jutting from the Chinese mainland. The lotus-shaped Grand Lisboa is regularly named one of the world's strangest buildings.
Enjoy a world-class show at any of the casinos at prices far cheaper than those offered at Las Vegas. Singers, dancers, and magicians are always performing in Macau, and tickets and plentiful and affordable.
Do it for the kids
Macau may not be the first place you think of to take the kiddies, but with such an abundance of entertainment on offer for the adults, the smart resorts have upped their family-friendly credentials in recent years.
Events & festivals
Traditional customs are an important part of life in Macau. Chinese New Year is widely celebrated with street parties and exciting parades filled with dragons and drummers; while the Macau International Dragon Boat Festival combines a traditional celebration with the exciting pace of a sporting event.
Macao Historical Archives
Exhibition of Macao’s Archival Materials
Due to the multi-cultural influence in Macau, photographers will appreciate the diverse points and subjects for photography. From the ruins, food, and even simple shots of streets and people, it is very easy for photographers to create a unique photo essay
See the Sky
The painted sky that hangs over the Venetian Macao’s canals is truly breathtaking and many visitors are surprised that it’s not actually real. Yes, of course, you could just go outside and see the real thing but in here you can enjoy the air conditioning.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial House
Visit the Sun Yat Sen Memorial House, where Sun and his family lived and worked. It is a three story mansion that exhibits many of Sun’s personal items, such as papers, clothes, books, photographs, and speeches, and teaches visitors many intriguing facts about Chinese history.
New Year is also a great excuse for fireworks and firecrackers: the Macau Tower and Taipa waterfront are the best vantage points.
Jardim do Sao Francisco (S. Francisco Garden)
Jardim de S. Francisco is one of the beautiful and interesting gardens that you've probably never heard of in Macau. Located behind the Grand Lisboa hotel, this well landscaped and architecturally interesting city park is much enjoyed by local residents but is off the radar for most tourists.
World's largest rooftop wave pool
The 2200-room Galaxy Macau resort on the Cotai Strip is home to the world's largest rooftop wave pool. Frolic in waves of up to 1.5 metres or stroll the beach of imported white sand.
Go back in time
There are few more charming neighbourhoods in Macau than historic Taipa Village. Wander the warren of tiny alleyways and lantern-lit piazzas
With almost 30 world-class casinos, Macau delivers nonstop action.
Many people travel the short distance from Hong Kong to Macau to purchase Portuguese bread and the small Portuguese custard tarts called natas.
Built in 1770, the park was originally the residence of a wealthy Portuguese merchant Manuel Pereira. At a later period, it was rented out to the English East India Company and was used to house the directors of the Macau branch of the company.
World Heritage sites
With 25 World Heritage sites crammed into the compact Macanese peninsula, it's an enthralling place to ramble around and explore.